A massive menu at the Manhattan Beach Hotel

Despite the hopes of its Gilded Age developer, the spectacular oceanside resort of Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn never developed the cachet of old money Newport or elegant Long Branch.


But the upper-class guests who made the Queen Anne–style Manhattan Beach Hotel a premier sand and surf destination after it opened in 1877 certainly dined well.


This menu from the 1905 summer season reveals hundreds of dishes, from shellfish to soups to salads to “Long Island vegetables,” perhaps a nod to Kings  County’s vegetable-producing past.


Calf’s head, calf brains, sweetbreads—the hotel guests liked their organ meats. Dessert doesn’t disappoint either. Look, they offer charlotte russe, a much-missed lost food of New York City.


By the time this menu (view it in its four-page entirety) was printed, Manhattan Beach’s glory days were behind it.


The enormous resort was demolished in 1912, not long before its rivals, the Brighton Beach Hotel and the Oriental Hotel, also met the wrecking ball.

[Menu: NYPL; photo: Getty Images]

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4 Responses to “A massive menu at the Manhattan Beach Hotel”

  1. Mark S. Says:

    Ha! “Farm to table” 1910’s style. By the way, most of LI was farms until after WW2…

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Yes, and Brooklyn and Queens were considered the vegetable capitals of the country way back in the early 19th century!

  3. Reggie Says:

    the first thing I thought of when i saw “charlotte russe” was the clothing store….and here is why….

    “Daniel Lawrence and his two brothers were raised working for their father in the clothing business in Brooklyn, New York. When they were older, they formed Lawrence Merchandising Corp., which opened a clothing store in Carlsbad, California in 1975. They named the store after a favorite French childhood dessert, Charlotte Russe. The owners opened numerous locations within San Diego, California throughout the 1970s and early 1980s.”

  4. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Charlotte Russe lives on . . . in retail!

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